International Trade Working Paper

The International Trade Working Paper series promptly documents and disseminates reviews, analytical work and think-pieces to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to stimulate debates and discussions on issues that are of interest to developing countries in general and Commonwealth members in particular. The issues considered in the papers may be evolving in nature, leading to further work and refinement at a later stage.


Harnessing Africa’s External Trade Partnerships for ‘Agenda 2063’

In the context of the African Union’s 50-year vision, Agenda 2063, this paper provides an analyti­cal account and critical assessment of Africa’s strategic trade relations with two of its most impor­tant traditional partners, the European Union and the United States; and with two of its most important emerging partners, China and India. Based on the insights these provide, the paper identifies some emerging global issues which could have an impact on Africa’s trading position and its prospects for industrial development. This is followed by indicative policy considerations that could provide strategic guidance to African leaders as well as highlight opportunities and challenges for realising the goals of Agenda 2063. The paper concludes by examining the implica­tions of the changing dynamics of Africa’s key trade relations.


Keywords: international relations, economic development, economic growth, international trade, Agenda 2063
JEL: F5: International Economics / International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy; O3: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights; F1: International Economics / Trade; O1: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development; F2: International Economics / International Factor Movements and International Business
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